When will I get my tax refund? Possible dates and how to track it

When will I get my tax refund? Possible dates and how to track it

If you’re reading this and you’ve filed your 2020 tax return, you’re probably wondering how long it’s going to take before your refund arrives in your bank account — if you set up direct deposit — or mailbox. Or maybe you’re waiting on your missing stimulus check money you had to claim as a Recovery Rebate Credit when you filed this year. Fortunately, you can track down your missing money and your refund after you file your taxes. See our chart below to get a better idea of when your refund could arrive.

The tracking information for your payment should be available 24 hours after you file electronically. If you have yet to file, the IRS is asking that you file online, instead of by paper, as they’re still experiencing a backlog from last year’s tax due date extension. Democrats have requested the IRS to extend the tax filing deadline this year, too.

You can use two IRS tools to help keep track of your 2020 refund status. Aside from refunds and missing money, this tax season could determine if you’ll be eligible for a third stimulus check of up to $1,400 per person. If so, here’s when that stimulus payment could arrive and how it could be more targeted, possibly disqualifying more people. This story is updated frequently.

 Use these 2 IRS tools to help track the status of your refund

There are several things you’ll need on hand to track the status of your tax refund: your Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, your filing status — for example, single, married or head of household — and your exact refund amount in whole dollars, which can be found on your tax return.

Using the IRS tool Where’s My Refund, enter your Social Security number or ITIN, your filing status and your exact refund amount, then press Send. If you entered your information correctly, you’ll be taken to a page that shows the status of your refund. If not, you may be asked to verify your personal tax data and try again. If all the information looks correct, you’ll need to enter the date you filed your taxes, along with how you filed — either electronically or on paper.

There’s also a mobile app you can use to check your tax refund status called IRS2Go. The IRS updates the data in this tool overnight each day, so if you don’t see a status change after 24 hours or more, check back the next day…Read more>>